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or Habs·burg

[haps-burg; German hahps-boork]
  1. a German princely family, prominent since the 13th century, that has furnished sovereigns to the Holy Roman Empire, Austria, Spain, etc.
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Examples from the Web for hapsburgs

Historical Examples

  • Russians might have placed their Czar on the throne of the Hapsburgs in Vienna.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • Prior to 1848 Hapsburgs knew and recognized Austrian-Germans only.

  • They must remove the abominations of the Hapsburgs and the Hohenzollerns.

    Behind the Mirrors

    Clinton W. Gilbert

  • It was by marriage that the Hapsburgs became so great in so short a time.

  • In truth, if the Hapsburgs had discerned the signs of the times, they would have taken steps to defend the Milanese at Toulon.

British Dictionary definitions for hapsburgs


  1. a German princely family founded by Albert, count of Hapsburg (1153). From 1440 to 1806, the Hapsburgs wore the imperial crown of the Holy Roman Empire almost uninterruptedly. They also provided rulers for Austria, Spain, Hungary, Bohemia, etc. The line continued as the royal house of Hapsburg-Lorraine, ruling in Austria (1806–48) and Austria-Hungary (1848–1918)German name: Habsburg
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Word Origin and History for hapsburgs


European dynasty, from German Habsburg, from the name of a castle on the Aar in Switzerland, originally Habichtsburg, literally "Hawk's Castle."

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hapsburgs in Culture


Austrian-based dynasty that ruled much of central and parts of western Europe from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries. The family's head long held the title of Holy Roman Emperor (see Holy Roman Empire). By 1914 the Hapsburg-ruled Austro-Hungarian Empire included all or part of territories that later became independent nations, such as Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. The empire collapsed during World War I.

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Nationalism threatened to disrupt the Hapsburg Empire in the nineteenth century; the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo (see also Sarajevo) in 1914 triggered World War I.
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